Program Areas

Executive Development Programs for EMS Professionals

Environmental Management Systems (EMS) address the needs of a broad range of interested parties and the evolving needs of society for environmental protection.

In work with local, state, and federal government facilities, the Center has taught and assisted entities to implement ISO 14001 EMS. This standard is a set of management processes and procedures that allow an organization to analyze, control, and reduce the environmental impact of its activities, products, and services and operate with greater efficiency and control.

EMS are appropriate for all kinds of organizations of varying sizes in public and private sectors and encourage an organization to continuously improve its environmental performance.

Center Faculty

Susan Snyder Susan Snyder. Salem Virginia is an ISO 9001, 14001, 18001.AS9100 independent/external trainer and auditor for top registrars in the country including BSi and Bureau Veritas. Her experiences include operations/program manager for GFR, FAA, EHS, safety compliance and conformance (QMS, EMS, AS9100) as well as manager of Quality Management Systems for aerospace related businesses across the United States. She has served as president of D’Ardenne Associates and director of compliance for DRS Technologies, a Finmeccanica company. Snyder holds a master’s of arts degree in human resources/organization development from Thomas Edison State College (NJ) and a bachelor’s of science degree from Radford University (VA). Her certifications include: Plexus approved IAQG AATT Training (AS9100); ISO 9001:2008, AS9100C, ISO 14001, OHSAS18001 Lead Internal Auditor Training Certification, BSi Approved ISO 9001:2008, ISO14001, OHSAS18001, AS9100/9110/9120 Trainer, Certified ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditor, Certified AS9100C AA Auditor, and Root Cause Analysis Training, Six Sigma/DMAIC, and 5SMethodology development and implementation.

Harry E. Gregori, Jr. Harry E. Gregori, Jr., Richmond Virginia, is an experienced professional in innovative organizational and operations' management. He has more than 35 years’ experience in local, regional, state, and federal government, as well as in the private sector as a consultant to business, industry, and the Defense Department. Gregori is a trained lead auditor for ISO14001 and an experienced instructor and auditor for Virginia universities. He has served the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality in a number of roles including assistant to the director, special programs director, business assistance and pollution prevention director, and director of policy and research. Gregori has managed multiple contracts for environmental management system program development, implementation, and maintenance including instruction, training, and auditing duties associated with COTA's Environmental and Sustainability Management Institute, Fortune 500 manufacturing facilities, and small businesses. He holds a master’s of public administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, a master’s of regional planning degree and bachelor's of science degree from Penn State University. He currently serves as chair of the Virginia Sustainable Future Forum and is past chair of the National Pollution Prevention and Toxics Advisory Committee.

Harry Gregori, Faculty Fellow
Sue Snyder, Faculty Fellow
Virginia Tech’s Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement
110 Shenandoah Avenue
Roanoke VA 24016

Phone: 540/853-8279

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Executive Development Programs for K-12 Leaders

The Virginia School Leaders Institute (VSLI) is designed specifically for recently appointed school administrators and aspiring superintendents. The institute provides multiple, hands-on opportunities structured to hone and expand existing skills and to sharpen decision-making ability. The major focus is to explore methods used to transcend challenges faced by educators working to demonstrate leadership effectiveness.

Center Faculty

Wayne HarrisFellow and Program Leader: E. Wayne Harris Ph.D.

Dr. E. Wayne Harris directs the VSLI and Recently Appointed Administrators program. Harris is a business consultant engaged in projects throughout North America, including keynote presentations, workshops, executive coaching, and technical and administrative support to school districts and other organizations. He retired as superintendent of the Roanoke City Schools, Virginia, in 2004 after more than 11 years. Prior to Roanoke, he worked in the Fairfax County school system in Fairfax, Virginia, for 25 years.

Dr. E. Wayne Harris, Fellow
Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement
702 University City Blvd.
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: 540/761-1488

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The Center provides grants to support development and conferences at Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. This section provides details about application procedures and award recipient expectations. If you have additional questions, please contact Susan E. Short ( or 540-231-9497).

Funding is at the discretion of the Center director. The following programs are eligible for consideration and will be prioritized accordingly:

  • Virginia Tech affiliated activities
  • Other university and educational organizations
  • State and Federal agencies
  • Professional associations and other non-profit organizations not affiliated with Virginia Tech
  • Private sector companies and organizations

Funding Guidelines

Grants can be generally utilized in the following ways:

  • Honoraria
  • Travel for speakers
  • Technology support including satellite transmission, video conferencing, and any other special services offered by Business Technology Services at the Conference Center of Roanoke
  • Computer rental
  • As approved at the discretion of the grant administrator, in compliance with state and university policies, and established business goals
  • Virginia Tech Foundation-funded (Center) grants can also support these additional activities with all instances complying with Foundation policies

Award Guidelines

  • Grants must be used to sponsor programs at Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.
  • Program grants are contingent on generating hotel room and conference center meeting packages.
  • Grants generally range $500 to $2,000.
  • Grants should be no greater than 5% of the total value of the program being presented. Exceptions are made at the discretion of the Center director.
  • In general, award criteria should address a combination of the following:
    1. Revenue potential from a combination of hotel room nights, meeting packages, ala Carte room rent and breaks, receptions and banquets
    2. Likelihood of program success
    3. Number of participants
    4. Benefit to the department, college, or university in pursing Virginia Tech's priorities
    5. Potential of attracting research grants
    6. Potential for national and international recognition

Additional Procedures

Each grant must have a separate budget. Budgets must be established using a program account number obtained from Center personnel and used consistently in identifying the program. Outreach Program Development, through its accounting office, will process all grants.

Proposal Review and Award Announcements

  • All proposals must include a timetable with interim milestones for project completion.
  • Once awards are made, recipients will be expected to:
    1. Work with Outreach Program Development and Continuing and Professional Education faculty to support program activities and to contract with the HRCC;
    2. Submit invoices for expenses associated with their awards;
    3. Indicate in marketing materials and in other programmatic materials that the Center is a sponsor;
    4. Prepare a quarterly status report for the Center; and 5) submit a brief final report at the conclusion of the program.

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